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Strategic Plan Implementation

Establishment of an Institutional Effectiveness Council for Washington State University

The 2014-19 Washington State University Strategic Plan includes a detailed implementation plan and the establishment of an implementation committee to ensure that initiatives are developed and executed to realize the plan’s goals. The Strategic Plan includes 55 performance metrics to measure, monitor, and report annually to assess progress toward the goals enumerated in the Plan. In addition, accreditation requirements with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) dictate a close correspondence between accreditation activities and the university’s strategic plan. Similarly, other state and federal agency reporting requirements necessitate comprehensive and integrated performance data management. A need exists to consolidate all university-level performance measurement and assessment activities into a single platform to reduce redundancy, maximize efficiency, and maximize university effectiveness. In so doing, WSU will take the next step in realizing its goal of becoming a more data-driven university.

The Institutional Effectiveness Council (IEC) serves as a coordinated, sustainable system to pursue university institutional effectiveness. Specific goals of the Council are:

  • to coordinate strategic planning implementation, required accountability reporting, and decision support;
  • to reduce redundancy and increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability among strategic planning, institutional management, university accreditation, and other state and federal reporting requirements; and
  • to optimize usefulness of data and reports system wide at all levels.

Institutional Effectiveness Council Steering Committee

The Steering Committee oversees strategic plan implementation and fulfillment. It directs and resources the Council and the Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Program Review Committee. It reviews and approves recommendations from the Council for strategic planning implementation and institution-level accountability metrics and ensures that the Council aligns data collection and reporting for institutional effectiveness, NWCCU accreditation standards, other external report mandates, and other internal needs for data and evaluation.

IEC Steering Committee Membership

  • Provost and Executive Vice President (Dan Bernardo) — Chair
  • Vice President for Research (Chris Keane) — Theme 1 Subcommittee Chair
  • Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (Erica Austin) — Theme 2 Subcommittee Chair
  • Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations (Colleen Kerr) — Theme 3 Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Vice President for Marketing and Communications (Phil Weiler) — Theme 3 Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Academic Dean (Michael Trevisan) — Theme 4 Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson) — Theme 4 Subcommittee Co-Chair
  • Executive Director of Institutional Research (Fran Hermanson) — Supervisor of Institution-Level Metrics Collection
  • WSU Spokane Chancellor (Daryll DeWald)
  • Faculty Senate Chair (Judi McDonald)
  • Associate Vice Provost (Craig Parks)

IEC Subcommittees

The IEC subcommittees report annually to the IEC Steering Committee on strategic plan fulfillment of WSU’s programs and services. Units, colleges, and areas assess how their activities and accomplishments align with the Strategic Plan and themes, achieve their unit’s goals or outcomes, and use data for decisions and improvement. Each subcommittee corresponds to a strategic plan theme, with broad representation.


  1. World-Class Innovation, Discovery, and Creativity
  2. Transformative Student Experience
  3. Outreach and Engagement
  4. Institutional Effectiveness: Diversity, Transparency and Integrity

Members for each subcommittee

Broad range of representatives from academic affairs, student affairs, business services and operations, faculty, staff, students, all campuses and areas, based on programs and services connected to each theme.

IEC Subcommittee Charge

  • To facilitate unit- and program-level fulfillment of strategic plan goals, including collection and analysis of data to track progress toward the theme’s objectives.
  • To monitor and report to steering committee on infrastructure and training needs from units and programs.
  • To contribute to a university-wide annual inventory of assessment activities for each theme.
  • To promote awareness and communication about these topics among WSU units and employees.
  • To provide summary reports on strategic plan fulfillment annually to the IEC Steering Committee.

IEC Subcommittee Rosters

Theme 1Theme 2Theme 3Theme 4

Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Program Review Committee

The Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Program Review (AAA) Committee is a standing committee that currently exists to report on accreditation standards, disseminate NWCCU feedback, and prepare for reviews by the NWCCU.  The AAA Committee and its activities will draw from IEC subcommittee reports and recommendations to inform assessment reporting requirements and provide critical information to the IEC subcommittees to inform their work.

IEC Timeline

October 2014IEC plan released
November 2014IEC launches
March 2015IEC Themes present initial inventory of their strategies and metrics
August 2015IEC Themes present first summary reports
September 2015Writing of 2017 accreditation report commences based on information provided
Early-Spring 2016Draft 2017 accreditation report circulates for review
Summer 2016Editing, assembly of Year 7 accreditation report
August 2016IEC Themes present 2nd-year reports
August 2016Production begins on Year 7 accreditation report (comprehensive evaluation)
Dec-January 2017Prepare for public release of accreditation report
March 2017Final accreditation report introduced to Regents
2017+IEC Themes continue annual reports
2018Planning for updated strategic plan (2020-24) begins